Riders To The Sea (1937) by Ralph Vaughan Williams
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St. Patrick's Day - Ireland's best classical music
16. Riders To The Sea (1937) by Ralph Vaughan Williams
This short opera from Vaughan Williams (pictured) was finished in 1927, but didn't get its premiere until ten years later. It tells the tragic tale of Maurya, an elderly Irish woman who has lost most of her family at sea. There are various travels to Galway and talk of the gorgeous Irish landscape, but it ends with the cheery line, 'They are all gone now, and there isn't anything more the sea can do to me.'